Below you will find our frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions that are not answered below, please email Mark Madison at firstname.lastname@example.org. As you are completing the application, please refer to the Community Impact Application webinar training, available here.
Q: What are Developmental Milestones for Early Childhood Success (0-5)?
A: Developmental Milestones can include a number of outcomes, but ours specifically refer to the mental, emotional and physical milestones achieved by children ages zero to five. Examples include kindergarten readiness assessments, physical achievements like climbing up and down from furniture at 2 years old, or recognition and imitation of words spoken at two years old. Agencies can use monitoring tools they have available that adequately show how their program positively impacts these developmental behaviors at given benchmarks.
Q: What are Crisis Intervention and Disaster Services?
A: Crisis intervention refers to services provided to meet the needs of personal and/or local crises. This can include providing shelter and basic needs when fleeing a domestic abuse situation, offering resources to battle a mental, emotional health crisis, and/or behavioral health crisis, or distributing meals. Disaster services refers specifically to natural disasters and/or declared emergencies.
Q: When United Way of Northeast Georgia uses the term “family” when referring to food needs, would seniors or individuals who live alone qualify?
Q: Can an agency apply for multiple programs?
A: Yes. Agencies may apply for multiple programs but can only submit one program application per focus area. This includes agency applications as part of collaborations.
Q: How many outputs and outcomes should I have?
A: We require at least one output and one outcome for tracking impact, but encourage multiple of each.
Q: What is the maximum request we can make?
A: The maximum request is 20% of program/services expenditures. Calculate this by reviewing expenditures from previous years. When submitting a request for funding, consider what is required to deliver the service applied and achieve indicated outcome measures.
Q: What if I do not have program financials for the prior year because it is a new program or new in our agency?
A: If it is a program that did not exist before this year, or that your agency has newly taken on then the previous year’s actuals can be left blank. Please utilize the Notes section to explain why this is for the Grant Review Panel.
Q: Is the two year service requirement referencing the agency or the program for which we are applying?
A: The minimum service requirement is for an agency. It requires that the agency has served one of the 12 Northeast Georgia counties for at least two years. The program for which the agency is applying may have served another area or is new as long as the agency has served in the area for two years.
Q: Can funds be used for operating and/or administrative costs?
A: Funds can be used for costs as they pertain to the delivery of the program for which the agency has applied.
Q: Are agencies utilizing fiscal sponsors allowed to apply?
A: Yes, but they need to apply as a collaborator of that fiscal sponsor.
Q: What is an advocacy agency?
A: An advocacy agency exclusively does work through promotion and/or political advocacy, without direct programming to clients or populations. An agency that offers programs as well as advocacy can apply for funding to support their programs that provide services to their population.
Q: Will we have access to our application for our own records after submission?
A: Yes, as well as access to your profile throughout the application process. We recommend you download the application after submitting it for your records.
Q: If we ask for a specific amount, is that the only amount for which we can be funded?
A: No. The amount requested should be what is required to ensure the program functions as intended. Grant Review Panels will review the requests and make recommendations based on available funding.
Q: How long will funding last?
A: Funding is based on an annual cycle. Agencies who have been approved for grants will begin receiving that funding January 2021. Funding will be distributed quarterly throughout the rest of 2021.
Q: Are we allowed to communicate with United Way of Northeast Georgia staff about questions throughout the process?
A: Yes, our staff members are available to help. For specific questions, please contact Mark Madison at email@example.com.
Q: What type of reporting is required from funded programs?
A: For those awarded grants, 6-month reports submitted thorugh e-CImpact and quarterly program updates with success stories must be provided. If an agency does not provide a quarterly report, the next quarter's funding will be withheld until the report is submitted
Q: Will there be any follow-up for agencies that are not awarded grants?
A: Yes. Organizations that are not awarded grants will receive personalized feedback if their application was reviewed by the volunteer committee. This will not apply to organizations that were considered ineligible immediately. All organizations will be invited to future trainings, and United Way of Northeast Georgia will incorporate panel feedback into the future trainings.
Q: How do I apply as a collaboration? What are the expectations?
A: One organization will be the lead on the collaboration and will need to be the owner of the application. Partners will be listed as part of the application process. If applying as a part of a collaboration, an agency may not apply for funding as an individual applicant in that same focus area. They can however apply in a different category from their collaboration. All applying as a collaboration must be able to define the distribution of grant funds among each member of the collaboration. All collaborations must demonstrate a greater impact due to their collaborative efforts.